Russian defense minister says Moscow does not plan to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

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Published: 2022-08-16 14:18

Last Updated: 2022-10-03 14:49


Russian defense minister says Moscow does not plan to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine
Russian defense minister says Moscow does not plan to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

Speaking at a security conference, Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow does not plan to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, AFP reported.

He said, “From a military point of view, there is no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the set goals.”

“Against this background, speculations are spreading in the media about the alleged preparations to use Russian tactical nuclear weapons in the special military operation or about the readiness to use chemical weapons. All of these media hoaxes are lies,” Shoigu said.

He added, “From a military point of view, there is no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine to achieve the set goals. The main purpose of Russian nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack. Its use is limited to extraordinary circumstances, which are defined in Russian guidance documents that are open to the public.”

Shoigu lastly said, “The allegations about the possible use of chemical weapons in Ukraine are also absurd. I recall that, unlike the United States, such weapons were completely destroyed in our country in 2017 as part of our international commitments.”